Passport Guide: How and when to get one, and more

Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by sobore, May 27, 2012.

  1. sobore
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    When do I need to carry a passport? Basically for all foreign travel, with a few caveats. Since 2009, the United States has required Americans to carry a passport or an accepted alternative when traveling to Bermuda, Mexico, Canada and 17 Caribbean nations. U.S. territories are exempt, as are cruises that begin and end in U.S. ports.

    Children younger than 16 traveling to the above destinations by land or sea can still use their U.S. birth certificate or another proof of citizenship to reenter the States. Also, U.S. passport cards valid for sea and land crossings are acceptable for travelers of all ages. For application info, go to

    Acceptable alternative documents include Trusted Traveler Cards (i.e., Fast Cards), U.S. military ID with travel orders and Native American photo ID cards.

    How much advance time do I need to apply for a passport? It can never be too soon. If your passport is nearing its expiration date, renew as soon as possible because some countries require passports to be valid for six months after a traveler's entry or return date.

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  2. rwoman
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    I'm debating when to renew...2 years left, but my just expedite processing to ensure I have it SOONER rather than later! :)
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